Melissa McDonald, CPHI(C)

Melissa McDonald was a graduate in the first class of the Bachelor of Technology (Environmental Health) program at the University College of Cape Breton in 1998. Later that year, she proudly achieved the Certified Public Health Inspector credential. Following graduation, Melissa worked for a number of years with several departments within the Nova Scotia government. As an Inspector Specialist with NS Environment and NS Environment and Labour, much of her work focused on contaminated sites, waste management, water quality and on-site sewage disposal. As a Food Safety Specialist with NS Agriculture, her work focused on ensuring food safety within eating establishments and other public facilities and education.

In 2007, Melissa returned to her alma mater, now known as Cape Breton University, to teach in the public health program. In addition to teaching, she took on the role of Program Coordinator in 2010 to liaise between CBU and CIPHI. Melissa also completed the Masters of Public Health program at Lakehead University in 2012. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to promoting public health through education and she is very pleased to be able to continue to encourage public health education and research in her capacity as a member of the Board of Trustees with the Environmental Health Foundation of Canada.